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Society & Culture

Stuff You Should Know

Rank #11 in Society & Culture category

Society & Culture
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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

iTunes Ratings

34928 Ratings
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Best Podcast Ever

By FaulkbenLevi - Feb 16 2019
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Two guys who are kind and polite to each other while talking about interesting things.

Interesting!

By LCSW regardless - Feb 16 2019
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I love podcasts and this one is no exception

iTunes Ratings

34928 Ratings
Average Ratings
27805
3065
1449
1055
1554

Best Podcast Ever

By FaulkbenLevi - Feb 16 2019
Read more

Two guys who are kind and polite to each other while talking about interesting things.

Interesting!

By LCSW regardless - Feb 16 2019
Read more

I love podcasts and this one is no exception

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Stuff You Should Know

Rank #11 in Society & Culture category

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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

Top Episodes

Most Popular Episodes of Stuff You Should Know

Rank #1: Elastics: Where God and Science Smooch

Jan 31 2017
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You could be forgiven for thinking the story behind elastics was boring. You’d still be wrong, though. The story of what’s holding up your underwear is a global drama, replete with war, industrial espionage, colonialism, destitute inventors – everything!

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Rank #2: How Central Park Works

Jan 31 2019
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Central Park in Manhattan was America’s first landscaped public park, built at a time when New Yorkers’ only option for getting some fresh air was hanging around cemeteries. Get all the info about this beautiful icon and how it’s served as a landscape for class struggles over three centuries.

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Rank #3: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five

Jul 10 2018
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In 1978, five friends set out for home from a basketball game. The next day, their car was discovered in a lonely mountain road. The next spring, their bodies began to turn up. What happened that night remains a mystery to this day. 

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Rank #4: Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Dec 27 2018
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The Seuss is loose in this episode about legendary children's book author Ted Geisel. The funny thing is, he didn't ever want children of his own, and his past work was a bit problematic.

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Rank #5: What's the deal with Baby Boomers?

Jan 10 2017
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Baby Boomers are probably the most talked about generation in American history. But who are these people and how did they help shape the country we know today? Find out all about the big boom in today's episode.

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Rank #6: How Psychopaths Work

Sep 12 2017
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There are people who walk among us who seem normal, maybe even more charming or intelligent than average, yet they hide disturbing and at times dangerous personalities behind what one researcher called a 'mask of sanity.'

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Rank #7: Ballpoint pens? Heck yes, ballpoint pens!

Aug 21 2018
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Get ready, folks. The ballpoint pen is far more interesting than you could ever imagine. For real. Brilliant in its simplicity. Took the world by storm. We love our ballpoint pens and you should too. Listen in today!

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Rank #8: The Golden Age of Grave Robbing: Stuff You Should Know Live in London

Dec 20 2016
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There was a brief period in the US, UK and Ireland when a dead body could fetch a pretty penny for a person willing to dig it up and sell it to surgeons for dissection. It turns out that there was no shortage of ghoulish types willing to do just that.

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Rank #9: Gerrymandering: How to Stifle Democracy

Jul 12 2018
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No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should be outraged about the practice of gerrymandering. Redrawing voter district maps to ensure political dominance is about as undemocratic as it gets. Please enjoy Josh and Chuck getting unusually worked up about this abhorrent practice. 

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Rank #10: How Pacifism Works (And Could It?)

Jan 26 2017
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There is deep disagreement over whether humans are essentially peaceful or essentially warlike. Depending on your view you may see pacifism as either hopelessly naïve or the unsung response to conflict that’s kept us from wiping ourselves out.

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Rank #11: How Optical Illusions Work

Mar 02 2017
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Now you see it, now you don't — optical illusions can fool us into seeing what's not actually there. But what causes that disconnect between perception and reality? Learn all about this visual trickery in today's episode.

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Rank #12: SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

Jul 15 2017
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In this week's SYSK Select episode, famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 is a mystery that endures to this day. Why don't we know what happened to her? In this episode, Josh and Chuck examine the facts and evidence behind the famous case.

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Rank #13: The Stuff You Should Know 2016 Christmas Extravaganza in 3-D!

Dec 22 2016
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It’s the most wonderful time of year again! Time for Josh and Chuck to take you on a cozy, hall-decked ride full of glad tidings right into the heart of the holiday spirit!

Play Now

Rank #14: How Dictators Work

Jan 24 2017
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There are many types of dictators, from so called "benevolent" ones to the kind who rule with an iron fist. There are also many ways they can come into power, and they don't all include violence. Learn all about dictators past and present in today's episode.

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Rank #15: How the Stanford Prison Experiment Worked

Jul 05 2018
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The infamous Stanford Prison Experiment wasn't really much of an experiment as it turns out. It was more like a poorly thought out exercise conducted by a professor who didn't dot the i's and cross the t's. Listen in as Josh and Chuck give this experiment some harsh treatment of their own. 

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Rank #16: Can you live without a bank account?

Dec 27 2016
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Seems like it would be nearly impossible to live without a bank account these days. But it is possible! Learn all about banking and personal finance in today's riveting episode.

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Rank #17: SYSK Selects: How Beer Works

May 27 2017
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In this week's SYSK Select episode, at long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever. Learn about the history of beer, how it's made -- the whole shebang, basically -- in this watershed episode of Stuff You Should Know.

Play Now

Rank #18: Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Bad For You?

Jan 17 2017
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Artificial sweeteners have gotten a bad rap in the press for as long as they’ve been in use. But is it just the result of a fear of science or do artificial sweeteners cause real harm? A mounting body of studies is starting to paint a pretty grim picture.

Play Now

Rank #19: History of the Trail of Tears, Part I

Mar 07 2017
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In this first of two episodes on the Trail of Tears, learn about the forces that converged to create the series of events that formed the basis of what may be the most brutal decade in American history.

Play Now

Rank #20: Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre

Jul 06 2017
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Once in a while a movie comes along that's so forward-thinking it changes the way that horror is done. A new subgenre is spawned, new tropes are established, and audiences are more terrified than ever.

Play Now

Rank #1: Elastics: Where God and Science Smooch

Podcast cover
Read more

You could be forgiven for thinking the story behind elastics was boring. You’d still be wrong, though. The story of what’s holding up your underwear is a global drama, replete with war, industrial espionage, colonialism, destitute inventors – everything!

Jan 31 2017
54 mins
Play Now

Rank #2: How Central Park Works

Podcast cover
Read more

Central Park in Manhattan was America’s first landscaped public park, built at a time when New Yorkers’ only option for getting some fresh air was hanging around cemeteries. Get all the info about this beautiful icon and how it’s served as a landscape for class struggles over three centuries.

Jan 31 2019
55 mins
Play Now

Rank #3: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five

Podcast cover
Read more

In 1978, five friends set out for home from a basketball game. The next day, their car was discovered in a lonely mountain road. The next spring, their bodies began to turn up. What happened that night remains a mystery to this day. 

Jul 10 2018
54 mins
Play Now

Rank #4: Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Podcast cover
Read more

The Seuss is loose in this episode about legendary children's book author Ted Geisel. The funny thing is, he didn't ever want children of his own, and his past work was a bit problematic.

Dec 27 2018
54 mins
Play Now

Rank #5: What's the deal with Baby Boomers?

Podcast cover
Read more

Baby Boomers are probably the most talked about generation in American history. But who are these people and how did they help shape the country we know today? Find out all about the big boom in today's episode.

Jan 10 2017
51 mins
Play Now

Rank #6: How Psychopaths Work

Podcast cover
Read more

There are people who walk among us who seem normal, maybe even more charming or intelligent than average, yet they hide disturbing and at times dangerous personalities behind what one researcher called a 'mask of sanity.'

Sep 12 2017
50 mins
Play Now

Rank #7: Ballpoint pens? Heck yes, ballpoint pens!

Podcast cover
Read more

Get ready, folks. The ballpoint pen is far more interesting than you could ever imagine. For real. Brilliant in its simplicity. Took the world by storm. We love our ballpoint pens and you should too. Listen in today!

Aug 21 2018
51 mins
Play Now

Rank #8: The Golden Age of Grave Robbing: Stuff You Should Know Live in London

Podcast cover
Read more

There was a brief period in the US, UK and Ireland when a dead body could fetch a pretty penny for a person willing to dig it up and sell it to surgeons for dissection. It turns out that there was no shortage of ghoulish types willing to do just that.

Dec 20 2016
1 hour 18 mins
Play Now

Rank #9: Gerrymandering: How to Stifle Democracy

Podcast cover
Read more

No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should be outraged about the practice of gerrymandering. Redrawing voter district maps to ensure political dominance is about as undemocratic as it gets. Please enjoy Josh and Chuck getting unusually worked up about this abhorrent practice. 

Jul 12 2018
39 mins
Play Now

Rank #10: How Pacifism Works (And Could It?)

Podcast cover
Read more

There is deep disagreement over whether humans are essentially peaceful or essentially warlike. Depending on your view you may see pacifism as either hopelessly naïve or the unsung response to conflict that’s kept us from wiping ourselves out.

Jan 26 2017
1 hour 16 mins
Play Now

Rank #11: How Optical Illusions Work

Podcast cover
Read more

Now you see it, now you don't — optical illusions can fool us into seeing what's not actually there. But what causes that disconnect between perception and reality? Learn all about this visual trickery in today's episode.

Mar 02 2017
43 mins
Play Now

Rank #12: SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

Podcast cover
Read more

In this week's SYSK Select episode, famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 is a mystery that endures to this day. Why don't we know what happened to her? In this episode, Josh and Chuck examine the facts and evidence behind the famous case.

Jul 15 2017
31 mins
Play Now

Rank #13: The Stuff You Should Know 2016 Christmas Extravaganza in 3-D!

Podcast cover
Read more

It’s the most wonderful time of year again! Time for Josh and Chuck to take you on a cozy, hall-decked ride full of glad tidings right into the heart of the holiday spirit!

Dec 22 2016
55 mins
Play Now

Rank #14: How Dictators Work

Podcast cover
Read more

There are many types of dictators, from so called "benevolent" ones to the kind who rule with an iron fist. There are also many ways they can come into power, and they don't all include violence. Learn all about dictators past and present in today's episode.

Jan 24 2017
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #15: How the Stanford Prison Experiment Worked

Podcast cover
Read more

The infamous Stanford Prison Experiment wasn't really much of an experiment as it turns out. It was more like a poorly thought out exercise conducted by a professor who didn't dot the i's and cross the t's. Listen in as Josh and Chuck give this experiment some harsh treatment of their own. 

Jul 05 2018
48 mins
Play Now

Rank #16: Can you live without a bank account?

Podcast cover
Read more

Seems like it would be nearly impossible to live without a bank account these days. But it is possible! Learn all about banking and personal finance in today's riveting episode.

Dec 27 2016
53 mins
Play Now

Rank #17: SYSK Selects: How Beer Works

Podcast cover
Read more

In this week's SYSK Select episode, at long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever. Learn about the history of beer, how it's made -- the whole shebang, basically -- in this watershed episode of Stuff You Should Know.

May 27 2017
50 mins
Play Now

Rank #18: Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Bad For You?

Podcast cover
Read more

Artificial sweeteners have gotten a bad rap in the press for as long as they’ve been in use. But is it just the result of a fear of science or do artificial sweeteners cause real harm? A mounting body of studies is starting to paint a pretty grim picture.

Jan 17 2017
58 mins
Play Now

Rank #19: History of the Trail of Tears, Part I

Podcast cover
Read more

In this first of two episodes on the Trail of Tears, learn about the forces that converged to create the series of events that formed the basis of what may be the most brutal decade in American history.

Mar 07 2017
55 mins
Play Now

Rank #20: Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre

Podcast cover
Read more

Once in a while a movie comes along that's so forward-thinking it changes the way that horror is done. A new subgenre is spawned, new tropes are established, and audiences are more terrified than ever.

Jul 06 2017
1 hour 3 mins
Play Now